Cpt Kirk

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    engineer
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    comic book collecting (obviously), travel, wakeboarding, kayaking, biking
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  1. Cpt Kirk

    UPC Sticker

    Great find. Thanks for posting. A friend of mine in Alabama recently found a sticker on Batman Legends of Dark Knight #2 with UPC sticker cover dated Jan 1990. Attached is photo. p.s. I don't usually attribute the sticker to the publisher until I see at least two copies of the exact same sticker being sold from different parts of the country. I just checked and saw at least one other copy on sale on ebay with exact same sticker... so I think we can assume that the publisher (or distributor) decided to put this comic book out to the newsstands. p.p.s. The "Batman the Cult #4" with sticker shown above was cover dated Nov 1988. If that sticker was really created by the publisher, then it is the earliest newsstand sticker that I'm aware of.
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    comic book to help kids who struggle with math

    Thanks. It is great that someone created a fun Spiderman comic book to help out kids at an early age. That's exactly why my wife created this comic book. Many kids like math early on, but then struggle when it comes to harder concepts like dividing by fractions. The old "flip and multiply" for dividing by fractions doesn't make intuitive sense to kids. Here's a couple other things about my wife's comic book: 1. She specifically avoided using a super hero in her comic book because she doesn't want the super-hero to solve the problem, but rather let the kids solve the problems themselves for a sense of empowerment. 2. The teaching concepts in my wife's comic book are based on the latest research in math education. Her PhD is in that field. The latest research shows that teachers need to make it very clearly to kids that it is OK to make mistakes and struggle with the concepts (research shows that is how the brain learns). When the teachers emphasize speed and correctness, it discourages a large percentage of the students. 3. It appears as if the Spiderman comics above are more like workbooks and aimed at a younger age. My wife's comic book aims at 5th graders. Dividing by fractions is an advanced concept. For example, why does 2 become 8 when you divide by 1/4? Kids have to visualize that. My wife developed a very clever story where the math is embedded in the story and shows the heroes of the story describing why you "flip and multiply". The story is so intriguing that the test audience (150+ students) loved it and would not stop reading it. If this seems worthwhile to you, I encourage you to be a backer on the kick-starter page. Frankly, my wife will easily exceed her financial goal, but could really use more backers. If you all could go onto the website and donate $1 to the cause so the number of backers go up, that would be great. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cindyticknor/the-mysterious-ms-id-vide-in-newtons-nemesis?ref=ksr_email_user_watched_project_launched Oh, and please share this posting with your friends.
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    Variants of Batman 414

    Thanks. I meant to say "see the back covers without opening the pack" in my message above, by the way. I love these variants that were made before the days when the publishers start creating variants for the sake of creating "rarity".
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    comic book to help kids who struggle with math

    No, I was not. Thanks for sharing!
  5. Please check out the following link. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cindyticknor/the-mysterious-ms-id-vide-in-newtons-nemesis?ref=ksr_email_user_watched_project_launched This comic book was created by my wife to teach 5th grade students how to divide by fractions. The comic book was tested by over 150 students here in Columbus GA and they loved it. I believe this comic book could make a difference in the lives of kids who struggle with math! Consider sharing this link with any parents, teachers, or kids you know who struggle with math.
  6. Cpt Kirk

    Variants of Batman 414

    Yes, I've opened several of those packs. Just as you said, they contain the 5th thru 7th printing of BM 414. But it is very difficult to tell which is which until you open the pack. The 6th and 7th pack are identical. The 5th printing (which says "3rd printing" in the indicia) has a different back cover, so you might be able to discern a difference if you pry on the pack at little bit to see the back covers without opening the pack.
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    Variants of Batman 414

    I don't think I've got that list but I do have a list of almost all Superman and Batman packs (2 packs, 3 packs, 10 packs and 20 packs)
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    Variants of Batman 414

    You might have the 5th printing of BM 399. The 5th printing is different from 1st printing as follows: inside back cover = Ironsword, back cover has NEC ad; The 5th printing is identical to BM 399 4th printing except the printing number is not specified in the indicia.
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    UPC Sticker

    p.s. The earliest publisher newsstand sticker that I can recall was the ones that appeared on 2nd and 4th printings of Superman 75 (Jan 1993 death issue). Even earlier was the "DC bullet" stickers that were placed on pack reprints of Batman 414 thru 416 (Dec 1987 thru Feb 1988), but those were not newsstand stickers.
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    UPC Sticker

    Here's my thoughts: It must be one of two things: 1. The sticker looks like it was printed by DC's publisher. They used this sticker to create copies for regular newsstands (as opposed to comic shops). But these stickers normally didn't show up until after the year 2000. Therefore, .... 2. It could have been printed by a second hand retailer.
  11. If you are going to have hundreds (or even thousands) of comic books, I suggest Mylites+ and acid-free backing boards (half backs should be fine for comic books that aren't too expensive). They aren't cheap (probably 20 to 30 cents per comic book depending on how many you buy), but I recommend mylar because the regular poly bags eventually get yellow and wrinkly. After changing the cheap bags for about the 3rd time, I went with Mylites in the mid-1990's for everything. 20+ years later they still look perfect and I'm really glad I made that move.
  12. Cpt Kirk

    Variants of Batman 414

    You are right on the money. I have ten thousand comic books, and half of them are variants. It wasn't like that until the New 52 came along. When it did, the number of variants shot through the roof.
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    Variants of Batman 414

    good point!
  14. Cpt Kirk

    Variants of Batman 414

    I don't know why DC chose Batman 414 to make so many printings. But what I do know is this: Most of the additional printings that occurred in Batman comic books from issue #397 through #497 came from 2-packs, 3-packs and, toward the end, 20-packs. Most of these packs were produced during the crescendo of popularity, speculation, and hoarding that occurred during the early to mid-1990s. Packs containing reprints were sold in stores like Kay-Bee Toys, Toys-R-Us, and Costco to meet that demand. I also remember an explosion in the number of comic book shops at the time. Batman 414 just happened to come out during this hey-day and was included in several different packs.
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    Variants of Batman 414

    I love that question. I am a completionist on only 5 titles, but I have found just about every single variant of every single issue of those 5 titles (namely, Batman, Detective, Superman, Action Comics and Justice League of America). Those variations include direct sales, newsstand, additional printings, variant covers, Mark Jewelers variants, etc. I've stayed away from foreign variants. Of those titles, following are some of the issues with the most amount of variations: Adventures of Superman 443: There are 12 known variants with different mall symbols in the UPC box (for a total of 15 variations if you also count direct, newsstand and Canadian variants). Batman 415 and 416: If you count direct, newsstand, Canadian, and 2nd thru 6th printings, you have a total of 8 variations (just one less than Batman 414) Following is a listing of other in-run issues with 4 or more variants (if you count both direct and newsstand editions) Batman 1 Batman 298 Batman 302 Batman 307 Batman 352 Batman 356 Batman 357 Batman 362 Batman 394 Batman 397-399, 401-403, 409-411, 423 Batman 457 Batman 491, 492, 497 Batman 500 Batman 515, 531, 532 Batman 535, 608, 619, 655, 676, 677, 681, 686, 700 Detective 27 Detective 38 Detective 225, 327, 359 Detective 474 Detective 519 Detective 561 Detective 659, 660 Detective 675, 682, 694, 702, 704 Detective 854, 871 Superman 1 Superman 322 Superman 379 Superman 409 Superman 418 Adv of SM 497, 498 Adv of SM 500, 505 Adv of SM 539 Action 1 Action 252 Action 481 Action 484 Action 495 Action 526 Action 683, 684, 685 Action 695, 700, 726 Action 844, 858, 890, 900 Justice League 217 Justice League 249 Furthermore, many New 52 and Rebirth issues in the titles above contain more than 4 variants. In the case of Batman (Rebirth) #50, there were more than 100 variants (yikes!)